OTD: Canada Post Corporation Act passed

On today’s date in 1981, federal Parliament passed the Canada Post Corporation Act, which saw the Post Office Department become a Crown corporation called the Canada Post Corporation.

The legislation, which can be read here, also included a measure guaranteeing basic postal service to all Canadians, who have since had the legal right to expect mail delivery regardless of where they live in the country.

A Canada Post truck in Toronto earlier this year.

A Canada Post truck is shown in Toronto last year.

It all began back in 1867, when the newly formed Dominion of Canada created the Post Office Department, which was headed by a cabinet minister with the title of postmaster general.

Taking effect April 1, 1868, The Act for the Regulation of the Postal Service ensured postal service throughout the dominion.

The system was modelled after its British predecessor, which was created by Sir Rowland Hill, who introduced the postage stamp, weight-based rates and other iconic reforms in the mid-19th century.

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